Top five EVs and hybrids for less than £250 a month
Seeing as the government is planning to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040, you might be thinking about an electric or hybrid vehicle as your next car, it’s a good call. Manufacturers the world over are announcing ambitious plans to move to these methods of power in the future.
But what if you’re a trailblazer? What’s on offer if you want one right now? There’s no doubt affordable leasing rates have played a part in making these type of vehicles more affordable, and there’s several that you can now lease for less than £250 per month…
To help you out, we’ve also had a look at five cars you can currently lease for under £250 per month.*
So, what exactly could you get?
So you’re looking for an eco-friendly vehicle, but you’re wondering whether to get a hybrid, a plug-in, or perhaps a fully fledged electric car. Well Hyundai has considered your dilemma and made it just that little more difficult. Yes, the Ioniq is available in all of these guises!
This is a one-model-fits all that Hyundai hopes can quash the latest Prius and dethrone it from its decade-long reign as the go-to green car. Judging by its pricing and specification, it just might pull it off too.
Out of the three available guises we’d opt for the 1.6 GDi Hybrid model. It’s the entry-level option, but that doesn’t stop it coming with alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors and camera, emergency braking and Lane Keep Assist as standard. What we think you’ll be truly impressed with however, is just how affordable it currently is to lease.
There is a new Leaf on the way, but that means that lease rates on the current car are more attractive than ever – this is one of the few full-electric EVs you can lease for less than £250 per month. Nissan is known for outstanding durability regardless, so you can be safe in the knowledge it is one of the most dependable EVs on the road too.
What’s more, with 155 miles of range it’s a far cry from electric cars of old that would induce their owners full of range anxiety before even getting under way. This means it’ll handle even the longest commutes without batting an eyelid.
When it comes to power, it’s the same story. The Leaf doesn’t look fast, and with 109bhp you wouldn’t expect it to be. However, thanks to the electric motor’s instantaneous torque this car is actually quicker than diesels and petrols, particularly from a stand still.
The Prius is the car that really kick-started the hybrid market back in the 90s, and while some sneered at the concept, 20 years later it would appear Toyota was way ahead of its time. Now in its fourth iteration, it makes more sense than ever to lease one.
Its divisive styling means not everyone will be a fan, but the 1.8-litre petrol engine and electric motor combo is a tried-and-trusted drivetrain and continues to lead the class in lots of ways. Official stats suggest it is capable of 90+mpg, while emitting only 70g/km of CO2.
It’s very well-equipped inside too, while Toyota’s impeccable build quality is as strong as ever. Personal leasing rates are now falling below that £250 per month threshold for the first time too, so if you were considering a Prius as your next car, now’s the time to take the plunge.
Suzuki Ignis SHVS
The Suzuki Ignis is a quirky looking supermini that stands out from the crowd. Its uniqueness isn’t just surface deep either – it’s also available with an all-wheel drive system, and if you so wish, a hybrid drivetrain.
The Ignis SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki) is actually what’s known as a mild-hybrid. So what does that mean? Well, if we say a hybrid is a halfway house between petrol power and an EV, the Suzuki’s system would be a halfway house between petrol power and a hybrid.
It works by using two batteries, one of which is lithium-ion and stores surplus energy in order to power the car in traffic jams. But is it a proper hybrid? Admittedly it’s not as advanced as some others on this list, but with 65.7mpg on offer, it makes a frugal choice.
Volkswagen Golf GTE
The Golf is a perennial favourite in its traditional-fuel guise, and though this plug-in hybrid version has not been available for that long, its gaining popularity fast.
Why? Because it offers a usable zero-emissions range, has strong performance figures of 204 hp and 100.9 urban mpg emitting just 38g/km of CO2, and is every bit as practical and reliable as we’ve come to expect from anything with the Golf name. Ok, it’s no GTI, but if you can snap one up for less than £250 a month, it’s a hybrid no-brainer.
*Images for illustration purposes. All figures correct as of 29/09/17.